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Snow causes government shutdown

JACKSON COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - The snow caused a government shutdown and travel headaches in parts of Southern Indiana. Close to a foot of snow fell in some parts of Jackson County. And that left behind a mess on the roads and a challenge for emergency management officials.

The snow started falling early in the morning and didn't let up until later that afternoon, bringing parts of Jackson County to a virtual standstill.

"I'm glad I am on vacation that's for sure," said Jason Haehnlein, in town visiting relatives for Christmas. "I wouldn't want to be dealing with it while I'm at work."

Work took a backseat to the blanketing snow as Emergency Management Director Duane Davis shut down all government offices in Brownstown and Seymour to keep as many people off the streets as possible.

Davis also issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory asking everyone to stay home unless absolutely necessary.

David Elliott had to bring his wife Betty out for a doctor's appointment.

"As soon as we get her medicine we're going home," Elliott said. "If we make it."

The snow came down too fast to keep the roads completely clear. Snow plows focused on making roads passable in the face of heavy winds and snow drifts.

"I think once the winds die down and the snow quits, well be able to get in and clear the roads for everybody," Davis said.

There were a number of slide offs in Jackson County, especially in the hills.

Davis said the National Guard was even on standby to help clear interstates if any stranded motorists needed to be evacuated.

Davis said all reports of accidents were minor.

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